Monday, October 6, 2008

PETA v. KFC: Who cares about us more?

The PETA people were cruising around Belmont this afternoon with a volunteer in a giant pig costume, calling for a 10 percent tax on meat because of its implications on global warming (I didn't bring up what their Ford Mustang's emissions were doing to the environment). Check it out:

But then I receive an e-mail in my inbox from KFC (who draws a special kind of PETA ire) saying the company will donate $20,000 to world hunger relief if one of the candidates mentions it tomorrow night (which means one of the town hall participants has to bring it up, right?). So, America, I put the question to you: who cares about you more, PETA or KFC? (Or neither. You could also vote neither.)


ULIKA BBQ said...

That is the stupidest thing that I have ever seen. I just love how everyone puts an environmental twist to their agenda because "global warming" gets peoples attention. What got my attention was the oversized pig. It really made me crave some bbq.

I think they need to add to their spin that eating less meat will cause fewer gas emissions out of people's anus.

Michael J. McFadden said...

A "sin tax" on meat to make it the same as cigarettes eh? Well, I guess since diet is supposed to cause about a third of cancers and half of heart disease I guess that's only fair.

Now... what does it mean in practical terms?

The raw price of a pack of cigarettes without the various taxes on it is about a dollar, maybe a dollar and a half. Let's say $1.25

In New York now the taxes bring that up to about $10, which is hmm... a 500% tax rate. Soooo... let's take a pound of half decent steak that retails for $3.75 per pound.

A fair and equal tax, equivalent to what smokers pay for an equal share of health cost etc burden, would be $3.75 plus 500% ... and that pound of steak will now cost $22.50 !

A nice Thanksgiving turkey that goes for $20 will cost $120.00 !

Hey, you were all happy when the smokers got hit with these taxes, right? So turnabout's fair play.

"When they knock over there friend, they're a knockin' for you..."

Michael J. McFadden
Author of "Dissecting Antismokers' Brains"